The Sky Lantern Festival in Pingxi is an annual festivity held in celebration of the Lantern Festival every year, and it is considered as the most prominent event in Taiwan alongside the Fireworks Festival in south Taiwan. The Sky Lantern Festival in Pingxi has over a century of history, attracting over 100,000 visitors around the time of the Lantern Festival. As thousands of sky lanterns ascend into the dark sky, they carry the blessings of people to the heavens while the specks of red light adorn the sky with a mesmerizing, maroon hue.
The sky lantern releasing event has been held for more than a dozen years in a row, and it was chosen by Discovery Channel as the “second biggest New Year's Eve celebration in the world” in 2008 and “one of the 52 things to do in 2013 by CNN Travel in 2013”. Additionally, it was named by Fodor's Travel – the world's largest publisher of travel guides – as one of the world's 14 festivals a person must attend in their lifetime. In 2016, it was selected as one of the best winter trip by National Geographic Travel. Therefore, it is evident that events filled with happiness and are hoped to be favored by domestic and overseas travelers alike.